I have to say Senator Tester, you are absolutely misguided and misinformed on the reasons healthcare and our budgets are in such dire straights.
Thank you for contacting me with your concerns about the Affordable Care Act. I voted for this important legislation to reform our health insurance industry, so that people with health insurance no longer have to subsidize free health care for those without health insurance. Our old health care system put Montana families at risk of losing everything.
The Affordable Care Act stops insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions. It prohibits those companies from dropping folks when they get sick. And it prevents insurance companies from putting arbitrary limits on our health insurance benefits and access to medical treatment.
The law also gives tax incentives for small businesses to provide health insurance coverage for their employees. It cuts waste and fraud out of Medicare. And it’s expected to save hundreds of billions of dollars over the long term.
I know some members of the House of Representatives are talking about repealing health insurance reform. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently stated that repealing health care reform would raise the national deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars. It is time to get serious about dealing with our debt, not add to it.
No legislation is perfect. But I voted for health insurance reform because we needed to fix our health insurance industry and control costs. Health care costs have broken too many Montana families. The reform we passed last year will ensure that health care costs don’t continue to bankrupt Montana families and businesses. It will keep Medicare strong for future generations. And it’s tough on insurance companies.
Montanans sent me to the Senate to get things done, not sit on my hands. I will continue to fight for access to affordable, quality health insurance for all Montanans. The people of our state deserve nothing less.
I will continue to fight to make this new law better and to keep reigning in the cost of health care. Please do not hesitate to contact me again if I can be of further assistance.
United States Senator